Showing posts with label book making. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book making. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Yet more pop ups

Please forgive the shoddy picture-work... it was the best I could do with my children about. I hope it's clear that you fold on the blue lines, then open it up and reverse the folds you have made. It's simple but kinda trippy, don't you think? Kind of faintly M.C. Escher-esque.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I was over at a friend's house yesterday and we were looking at a Robert Sabuda pop up book and she happened to be an artsy type so when we were exclaiming over the utter coolness she also whipped out a How-To book about pop ups. I didn't really have time to peruse what with the feral young running rampant, but later that day I found myself at the library so I grabbed a similar book and then took myself out on a date to the coffee shop to madly dork out with paper and scissors.
I think this is clear enough without me adding additional confusing words but if anything is unclear just let me know. I thought it was so astounding that you could make something so amazing and 3-D and beautiful in just a matter of minutes. It made me feel quite excited about the possibilities, the possibilities, oh the endless possibilities! I'll be back with another cool pop-up that I learned, maybe tomorrow.

Friday, September 25, 2009

El chiquito librito

I made this book for my friend's birthday and it seriously took 15 minutes... for some reason it is very empowering to me to be able to just sit down and whip out a wee bookie. Probably because I've spent my whole life in thrall of The Book... I used to sit down and 'write' long stories with made-up letters before I learned this whole alphabet biz... Come to think of it, I used to make tons of books back then, too. Then I gave it up for the last twenty, twenty five years or so... nice to be back on the production line.

By the by, just get yourself a nice big tapestry needle, it's like the biggest needle you can get. It really pierces through the paper quite easily. I've also been using this really sturdy hemp twine that I found a whole lot of at a thrift store this summer. Just use something really strong that can stand up to a little wear and tear...for all that raucous readin' and writin' you're going to be doing with it....

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More camp

Kid-made blueberry popsicles, marbled paper, and boat-creating out of a huge batch of beautiful wood scraps I got from a guitar maker... yeah, it was a pretty good day.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More fun at camp

Picnics in the fort, homemade card games, and lots and lots of swimming and frolicking.

I didn't manage to snap a picture of the copious paper airplanes, origami, and carpentry that has also been going on.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bookmaking camp!

These kids are AWESOME! And we had so much fun. We made these 'instant books' that I think are absolutely brilliant. I'll have to put a tutorial up about them sometime. I just LOVE see what they dream up when confronted with the blank page... they dive in without hesitation. I'm really looking forward to a week of pens and paper and scissors and glue with this crew.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

"tumbling triangles"

This is another pop-up from the Magic Books and Paper Toys book that I'm obsessed with. Maybe it won't impress you, but I just think this is kind of mind boggling.

If this lights your fire, don't forget I have a bookmaking camp coming up in July!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Making paper

Why leave recycling to the professionals, when you can do it in the comfort of your own home??? Just kidding, you probably should leave it to the pros for the most part, but for an interesting diversion you can whip some up in under an hour.

I would say the part of this process that held me back the most was the making of the screen. Most tutorials you find online will tell you to build a little frame, but don't bother with that... you can easily find empty frames galore at thrift stores around town. You can find some screen at Home Depot or keep your eye out for some old battered window screen someone tossed out on Bulky Collection and use that. Cut to fit and then staple it onto your frame.

Now, go soak the paper you wish to use until it's thoroughly soggy. You can use some interesting colors and textures, if you wish.

Now, fill your blender halfway up with water. Add the soggy paper and whizz away. At the very end, you can add any other interesting accoutrements you think might spice up your paper. We added some mint and our paper really did smell delicious.

Now take your pulp and pour it over your screen, over a container so the water doesn't go everywhere, and press gently until most of the water has squished through. Then gently peel your paper off the screen and put it in the sun on an absorbent towel to dry.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

How refreshing!

I just returned from a zine workshop at Domy Books a la the Austin Book Arts Meet Up Group. It was so totally up my alley I can't even believe it. I was a little worried about the whole 'zine' thing... would 'zines+Domy books= too hip for me? But no, not at all, just your average grab bag of folks from all walks of life, who all like messing around with pens and paper and scissors and glue, and I was like, "Dudes, that's what I like doing TOO!" Seriously, it felt SO good to me. I think sitting down with a table full of art supplies and no specific goal in mind should be a daily or at least weekly thing for me... ideally... and yet it seems very nearly a yearly event... when you're a busy parent and time is such a precious commodity it seems like you want to know what the outcome will be if you're going to invest the time and energy... yet just messing around, 'thinkering' if you will, replenishes the well from whence all great ideas spring... and other great things spring from that well as well (that spring as well?)... peacefulness, playfulness, live-lovingness... bonding with cool friends (thanks Emily for turning me on to this... and hats off to Kiera for making it through the whole thing whilst juggling baby Ari, MASTERFUL!)... a general sense that all is right with the world...
meet me at the next one if this sounds appealing, or invite me over to make valentines with you any time of the year, and I'll be there, OR just do yourself a favor and remember that creativity breeds sanity. Or something like that. I just made that up, but it sounds about right.